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This morning this came across my screen from meatingplace.com..
Environmental and animal activists groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over the 2012 decision to withdraw a proposed rule that would have made certain information public about their operations.
The Humane Society of the United States, Environmental Integrity project, Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed the suit Aug 28 in federal court.
At issue is disclosure of contact information, farm location permitting status, number and type of animals and number of acres.
Food animal producer groups such as the National Pork Producers Council have long argued the information should not be made public because of concerns about the privacy and biosecurity of family farms.
The groups filing suit argue injury to their organizations.
“Plaintiff’s organizational purposes are adversely affected by EPA’s action, which prevents Plaintiffs from obtaining access to information about CAFOs that they would use to more effectively advocate for public health, water quality, the welfare of rural communities and the health and welfare of animals,” according to the lawsuit.
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